It’s a Culture, Not a Cult

We want to drink the kool-aid, just without the poison. Please.
“I started this company from nothing” “This is the way it’s always been done” “This is not up for discussion” “It’s my way or the highway” “Just do your job and be quiet”

Sound familiar ? Yes I know, not all leaders, owners and CEO’s think and feel this way. Unfortunately, a lot of them still do. This is for you who still do. The ones driven by ego and arrogance. It’s time for a change, my friends…. Read More»

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The ship has been sailing for a while now, so long in fact that for many of us, it’s hard to see the shore anymore – or all the Social Age deniers still on the shore, muddling along like nothing has changed and nothing ever will.

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Why Leaders Must Say What They Mean

Positioning, spin, strategic ambiguity – why do so many leaders fail to say what they mean?

Leaders worry that if they say what they really mean…

Someone might panic
The truth will leak
Employees will make bad choices
They’ll become disengaged
Spinning the truth has all of those same side effects, only worse. When humans aren’t told the truth, the stories they concoct to fill in the blanks are far more dramatic than the actual scene…. Read More»

Move at the Speed of Trust

In my former life as a Navy SEAL, whenever we entered a room into a target, each assaulter trusted the next guy, both in front and in back of him, without hesitation. That is, each team member knew that in order to “clear” a potentially hostile room quickly and render it safe, success resided within the collective trust of each member in the room. We could move only as fast as the slowest guy, so the sum of each member’s competencies was not equal to the whole since we could only move at the speed at which we trusted each other to keep up. Essentially, we could only move at the speed of trust.

To clear the hostile rooms that prevent us from moving ahead in life we must be willing to change. In order to open the door that separates us from the unknown, dividing us between who we are and whom we aspire to be, we must start with trust…. Read More»

Why People Are More Important Than The Process by Employee X

Any approach at transforming a business, be it through lean or any other methodology, is doomed to failure unless it is a people over process approach.

In my chronicle of what went wrong at the company where I worked for nearly 15 years, three process-related changes were implemented that either ignored or overrode employee sensibilities. As a result, each of those changes added to the overall failure of the intended transformation…. Read More»

Victory Over the Forces of Fakery

This can be a turbulent time, transitioning from college to career or from career to career, and it can be easy to lose track of your sense of self. The small compromises you make to get started can lead to bigger compromises. You can go from wearing a tie every day to laughing at the boss’s jokes to going along with decisions that you don’t agree with. Along the way you slowly break down an innate power and that vital connection between the things you believe and the way that you act…. Read More»

Ideas for a People-Centric Workplace

A people-centric organization emphasizes relationships, connectedness, context, growth, openness, trust and courage. We need to see more of these elements working together in our businesses today – of all sizes.  While these elements are not new, they are in short supply in businesses around the globe. We are seeing a dominate force of outdated leadership […] Read moreRead More»

We Is Bigger Than You

You may have witnessed it yourself: living clouds created by thousands of starlings flying together, commonly referred to as ‘murmuration’. The way in which all the birds suddenly change direction or speed as if they were a single entity still remains one of nature’s secrets, with most scientists assuming starlings undertake this unique collective motion in order to reduce predation risk. In a similar way, great organizations are more than just the sum of great individuals: organizational strength, progress and resilience are determined by the extent to which individual employees ‘fly together’ as if they were a single entity working towards a common goal…. Read More»

Our Message to the Changemaker Millennials

Millennials, possibly more than any generation before them, crave high touch leaders; mentors and dare I say friends as bosses who are willing to have deep, meaningful conversations with them. They are sincerely interested in us sharing our wisdom and perspective, especially when we take the time to do so in a way that meets them where they are. In my conversations with them, I find myself focusing on three simple things to help them live a life of meaning and purpose:… Read More»

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